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Northern Arizona U. Students Demand President’s Resignation Because She Rejects Safe Spaces

Northern Arizona U. Students Demand President’s Resignation Because She Rejects Safe Spaces

“resignation is necessary”

Here’s hoping that NAU President Rita Cheng is sitting in her office and laughing at these students.

Campus Reform has the story:

NAU prez rejects ‘safe spaces,’ students demand resignation

Students at Northern Arizona University are demanding their president step down because she refused to endorse safe spaces at a recent forum.

During the forum, one student asked President Rita Cheng how she could support safe spaces when she doesn’t “take action in situations of injustice,” citing an incident the previous week “when we had the preacher on campus and he was promoting hate speech against marginalized students.”

Cheng corrected the student, explaining that she doesn’t support safe spaces at all, according to KPNX.

“As a university professor, I’m not sure I have any support at all for safe space,” Cheng asserted. “I think that you as a student have to develop the skills to be successful in this world and that we need to provide you with the opportunity for discourse and debate and dialogue and academic inquiry, and I’m not sure that that is correlated with the notion of safe space as I’ve seen that.”

The NAU Student Action Coalition was infuriated by Cheng’s response, leading its members in a walkout from the meeting and demanding that Cheng be removed from her position.

The group also released a statement last week claiming that Cheng’s “resignation is necessary” because her forum answers were “insufficient,” describing the forum as a major part of what students pay tuition to experience.

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | April 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm

If they are that infuriated, they should transfer to a school with sufficient staff to burp them, keep them fed, keep them changed, and keep them safe.

    And puppies! Don’t forget the puppies!!

    Think about how stupid these children are. If you really want to “get” the University President, take your dollars away from the university! Go somewhere that caters to your particular whims and childish demands – there are plenty around. USC Berkeley comes to mind. They have figured out the “boycott” mentality in other aspects of life, why not this?

They are not ready for school. Take names and be prepared to kick them out.

Gremlin1974 | April 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm

“As a university professor, I’m not sure I have any support at all for safe space,” Cheng asserted. “I think that you as a student have to develop the skills to be successful in this world and that we need to provide you with the opportunity for discourse and debate and dialogue and academic inquiry, and I’m not sure that that is correlated with the notion of safe space as I’ve seen that.”

This is quite possibly the best response to the idiotic notion of “Safe Spaces” that I have heard yet.

Cheng, good for you. Identify the ring leaders of this bullshit and kick their ass out of school. Life can be tough sometimes and they are in school to learn that, aren’t they?

Rita Cheng goes into the Academic Hall of Fame with John Ellison (U. of Chicago) as the only college administrators with the balls to stand up to the entitled, whining students. If these students want to walk out of a meeting, that’s good. If they try to disrupt a meeting, throw them out on their asses and send letters to their parents saying they are no longer students, so their loans are now due and payable.

Faculty and administrators are paid to determine what is best in the long run for their students, not vice-versa. As a 40-year faculty member, I’m fed up with spineless administrators who let their most spoiled students push them around. Most of the students would like to get a real education in a real subject; but the ones causing the trouble tend to be non-students or rich students who won’t ever need jobs, so they can just act offended for four years and get a degree in Gender Studies.

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